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DNA Initiative

In the wake of a sexual assault, clinicians must provide both medical and forensic care. Eventually, DNA evidence and examination notes can be used by the criminal justice system, and there currently exists a critical need to ensure that clinicians optimize DNA evidence collection and examination documentation.

Upon receiving a grant from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (NYS DCJS), the Health and Forensic Services Project (HFSP) at the Alliance, through collaboration with the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA), has sought to improve evidence collection in sexual assault cases.

The DNA Initiative, funded by this NYS DCJS grant, calls for HFSP's technical and logistical support for the didactic and clinical training and preceptorship of NYC clinicians, SAFE program administrators, and emergency department administrators. The initiative aims to ensure that clinicians lacking adequate resources receive specialized training and support in both the medical and the forensic care of sexual assault patients.

Over the course of Fall 2008-Summer 2009, HFSP plans to:
  • Grant up to 50 fellowships for fully-funded SAFE Certification and training of NYC clinicians, particularly clinicians from new or struggling SAFE Programs. (For more information, go to SAFE Healthcare Leadership Development Fellowship)
  • Provide fall and spring Sexual Assault Examiner training sessions.
  • Facilitate preceptorships for each of the fellows, via logistical and technical assistance.
  • Collaboratively develop NYC EMS training curriculum and NYC-specific aids for FDNY/EMS utilization in order to ensure NYC emergency medical responders have education and training on preservation of DNA evidence and on the locations of and services offered by NYC SAFE Centers of Excellence.
  • Develop a standardized NYC-specific SAFE certification curriculum for advanced practitioners to ensure they have sufficient education and training on the preservation of DNA evidence.
Council Member Julissa Ferreras speaking out against teen dating and sexual violence
Council Member Julissa Ferreras speaking out against teen dating and sexual violence